Home Run

  My neighborhood in San Francisco leaves something to be desired, for me and for everyone else.  However, we should never ignore the fact that some of us live here for reasons which are less compelling than other people’s reasons. I live in a nice building.  We have problems — most of which are related to the neighborhood — but my apartment neighbors and I are grateful we live here. When I step outside, I often see broken glass and dismantled hypodermic syringes littered on the sidewalk.  It’s a problem for me, but it reflects a bigger problem for the … Continue reading Home Run

Senator McCain’s Vote

(Disclosure: This post appeared originally on a private social media page.) I want to be respectful, but John McCain’s vote on healthcare does not have my respect. He is in fragile health, and the best care is available to him. Others in fragile health are closer to losing their insurance now. John McCain’s career in the U.S. Senate has been a series of gray areas. I hoped he would do the right thing in preserving the Affordable Care Act, but loyalty to his political party outweighed any loyalty he might have toward less privileged people who are also dealing with … Continue reading Senator McCain’s Vote

Bush’s Canned Beans Recalled

Bush Brothers has announced a recall of some of the company’s baked beans, due to a sealing problem at the facility where the food was canned. The products affected are as follows: 28-ounce Bush’s Best Brown Sugar Hickory with case UPC of 003940001977. 28-ounce Bush’s Best Country Style  with case UPC of 0003940091974 and 00340001974. 28-ounce Bush’s Best Original with case UPC of 003940091614 and 003940001614. (The second paragraph of this post is copied and pasted from USA Today’s site.  Please refer directly to the USA Today article or go to http://www.bushbeans.com if you need updates.) Do not eat these products, even … Continue reading Bush’s Canned Beans Recalled

The Drug War on Human Beings

(Disclosure:  I am not a mental health professional.  The statements in this blog post are based on observation and personal experience.) At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to a New York Times opinion piece by Andrea J. Ritchie, describing the nightmare some women are subjected to in the War on Drugs.  These women are often singled out by race, and whether or not any of the individuals in question are guilty of drug offenses this harassment is a national disgrace. Please read all of the statements in Ms. Ritchie’s column carefully.  There are different “reasons” for these injustices, … Continue reading The Drug War on Human Beings